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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

My top tips on how to nail your makeup look this Christmas


Right, which three words instantly spring to mind when you think of a makeup look appropriate for a Christmas party? I'd have to go with; red lips, big lashes, and glowing glittery skin... obviously not channelling the year six disco kinda glittery though, gone are the days of trying to pull the lad in the flame t-shirt, whose sliding on his knees. Such a heartthrob. 

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Monday, 5 December 2016

15 things that are guaranteed to fill you with lots of festive cheer this Christmas



Tis the season to be jolly fa la la la la, la la la la... 

Well, now that ones out of my system, and I've stopped acting like an annoying kid that's just discovered the sweet jar, here's what I really wanted to say...

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Friday, 25 November 2016

How to bake | Festive Terry's chocolate orange cupcakes


You know that Christmas is fast approaching when the Terry's chocolate orange comes out of hiding and decides to make an appearance- although, having said that, the little ball of happiness doesn't stick around for long in my house... I'm greedy, and can demolish an entire choc orange in five minutes flat, I'm a huge chocoholic, what can I say?! 
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Friday, 18 November 2016

How to bake | Festive hot chocolate cupcakes complete with mini candy canes


Nothing screams Christmas quite like numerous mugs of hot chocolate, do you agree? Now, wait for this, this is the exciting part; if you were to chuck a couple of candy canes into the mix, you've got what could be considered a festive overload- the inner Elf in me just can't handle it.  

Only well, said hot chocolate isn't hot chocolate of the usual kind. Nope, they're cupcakes- can life get any better?... Well I'll let you lot be the judges of that after you've had a browse of the recipe...

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

What I Instagrammed Vs. what was really happening


Why is that everybody's life just looks so damn perfect on Instagram? Perfect hair, perfect clothes, perfect out for brunch with the girls lifestyle. You know the kinda girl I'm talking about, right? The one who makes you feel sick to the stomach with envy every time she uploads a photo. Sigh. 

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Seven incredibly important things every ME sufferer wants you to know


If you've been loyally following my blog for a while, then you may be aware that I suffer from a chronic illness called ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). It's estimated that around 250,000 people in the UK also suffer from this debilitating illness too.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The five MAC products all girls need in their makeup bag


Do I really have to state the obvious? Okay okay, I will, just incase any of you are brand spanking new followers of my blog. You might not know a thing about me besides that I love to ramble about beauty, fashion, and all things life here on Lauren's Looks, after all.
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Monday, 10 October 2016

Devilish, death by chocolate strawberry cake recipe


Take all of my favourite things in life and throw them together, and what do you get? Wait for it... One massive cake complete with Cadbury's chocolate fingers, and a mountain of chocolate coated strawberries on top- I mean, what else did you expect from a huge chocoholic? 
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Monday, 3 October 2016

All things autumnal: crunchy leaves, thigh highs & berry lips. Expectations vs. reality


Shop my look: 
Sunglasses: River Island
Roll neck jumper: Primark 
Skirt: Primark 
Belt: New Look 
Jacket: New Look 
Boots: Miss Pap* 
Handbag: Zara 

I adore autumn, I really do: the vivid trees, the fashion (over the knee boot season YES), oh and the most important point- the colder weather now means that it's acceptable to wrap yourself up like a cocoon in your duvet, and drink three hot chocolates laden with gooey marshmallows and cream all before 12pm strikes, because well... it's cold okay.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

How to bake | Autumnal themed pumpkin spice latte cupcakes, complete with chocolate spoons


Nothing screams autumn quite like numerous mugs of Pumpkin Spice Latte, do you agree?

...Now, wait for this, this is the exciting part; if you were to chuck my two favourite things in life together (PSL, and cake... of course) you've got what could be considered an autumnal overload, and being as though cosy night in season, complete with candles flickering and pumpkin spice latte sipping is fast approaching, these indulgent delights make for the perfect comforting treat.


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Monday, 26 September 2016

How to take an Instagram photo worthy of 1,000 likes


Ahhh Instagram, the world that's full to the brim of perfect selfies galore, stylish OOTD's and delicious looking brunch snaps- majority of which boast a massive 1000 likes, of course. I for one am absolutely obsessed with having a lil scroll every now and then. Who am I kidding? I so have a nose at least every ten minutes. 

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An in-depth guide on how I edit my Instagram photos


Hang on a sec, my inner Mystic Meg is desperate to make an appearance... Yep, I knew it, you've just rolled your eyes and muttered the words 'not another post about bloody Instagram, she's obsessed.' Well am I right, do you really think that?

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Dear diary... Let's have a catch up | Stamping out the invisible illness stigma, and hurtful comments

                     

Well I don't know about you but it feels like I haven't caught up with you all for ages...In actual fact it's been so long that it almost feels like when you bump into an old friend from school and come over all giddy with excitement because eeeek, SO. MUCH. GOSSIP.  

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Two weeks of sunbathing, food & cocktails | Gran-Canaria, Puerto- Rico


So, if you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that my mum and I have recently been on holiday to Gran-Canaria, Puerto-Rico... I mean it's hard to miss really when I've been uploading rather vain bikini snaps at every possible opportunity- apologies and all that. 

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

A few of my beauty summer must haves


Ahhh summer, my all time favourite time of the year. As a massive sun worshipper and lover of all things sand, sea and cocktails I really am in my element when June arrives and I know that it won't be long before I'm off on my jollies. Beside the cocktails and what not another reason I adore summer is the clothes and makeup you can wear, so without further ado here's a few of my beauty summer must haves, enjoy... 
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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

From one foodie, to another... My top six healthy eating tips and motivation boosters


Okay, so you're most probably going to laugh out loud at this, but at the start of the year I promised that I'd transform myself into one of those ultimate babes on Insta- well, at least attempt to anyway- you know the ones, a pert round bum and chiseled abs that are flat enough to you eat your dinner from.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Why you should never give up on your dreams | Ft. Strawberry doughnut milkshake cupcake recipe


If you'd have told me four years ago that I'd become a baking fanatic, I'd have laughed witch cackled in your face. Yep, I repeat, witch cackled. (Let's just say that I haven't been blessed with one of those cute girly giggles, and I still continue to feel deeply saddened to this day about it).

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The beauty things I suck at


Contrary to popular belief us beauty bloggers aren't pro's at everything when it comes to makeup. In actual fact, we're just like you normal folk in the sense that there's days when our eyeliner flicks look really, really uneven, and our contour looks a bit of a muddy mess. Oh, and let me let you into a secret, we also use that famous 'right, that's it, I'm not going out' line when we can't get our lashes on in a paddy... But shhh, don't tell anyone! 
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Friday, 22 April 2016

Battle of the Benefit lashes: They're Real vs Roller Lash


I know, I know, everyone and their mother has wrote a review on Benefit's Roller Lash and They're Real mascaras but I figured one more wouldn't hurt- besides this post is more about comparing the two rather than a simple review. So today I thought I'd write a review about both and then let you know which one I prefer so you don't end up being disappointed after buying the wrong one. I mean, I don't know what you think but £19.50 is a lot to pay for a mascara so you're going to want to get it right before opening your purse and parting with your cash. 

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The five MAC lipsticks you need to own this spring

From L-R
Flat Out Fabulous, Up The Amp, Speak Louder, Lady Danger & Vegas Volt
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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

A hot chocolate cupcake recipe perfect for a cosy night in


What happens when you're obsessed with both hot chocolate and cake?...Hot chocolate cupcakes, of course! Being as cosy night in season, complete with candles flickering and hot chocolate sipping is fast approaching, these indulgent delights make for the perfect comforting treat. And if that hasn't convinced you to get your Mary Berry on in the kitchen, then there's really something wrong with you...
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

What I Instagrammed Vs. What was really happening | Take two


feel as though I have the personality of a bag of Revel's, you never know what you're going to get with me. There's my easy going, laid back about everything side, my slightly weird side- my opening sentence proves this point, wouldn't you say?- and then my perfectionist side. My point being, not everybody will show each side to their personality on social media. Be that their fiery side, or slightly uncool side. And the same goes for captions on Instagram, not everybody tells the *full* story.
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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Let's get lippy | My all time favourite MAC lipstick, lip liner combo's



Lipstick has, and always will be one of my very favourite makeup products- especially nude lippy. I know, I'm shocked to my very core too- who can believe that a girl that once loved to don bright, 'in your face' shades, has been converted, and now has a thing for nudes? Not me, that's for sure.


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Monday, 8 February 2016

Four really important steps to live by if you want to achieve your goals


February; the month of sipping hot chocolate until you feel like you might explode, and lazy, unproductive days in- let's just blame the plummeting temperates and lack of day light for this one, shall we? 
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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Dear diary... let's have a catch up


Okay, I'll be honest as I rarely openly admit it: I've been feeling much worse health wise as of late, and do you want me to be even more honest? I naively thought that I'd be better by now. That ME would no longer be ruling my life, and that I'd now somehow have managed to get over it, and be living the life that I've always longed to live. 

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Why this birthday was the best ever | Birthday celebrations

If any of you lovely lot happen to follow me on Instagram then you may be aware that it was my birthday last week... but I'm pretty certain you'll already know that as I do like to bombard IG with my birthday antics each year, sorry everyone.
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Monday, 18 January 2016

How much is 'my face' worth?


I've been wanting to do one of these blogposts for ages now but I'm being serious when I say this... I've been too scared to. Yes you heard me right, I'm flipping petrified to find out how much my 'daily face' costs- chicken alert or what?! You might be thinking 'what's so scary about that?' but come on I do pile the makeup on even if I'm not really doing anything so I'm not going to be particularly shocked to find out I'm walking around with a £100+ face. The question here is will it make me reel in my makeup splurges? Erm... probably not! 

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Hello 2016 | The things I'd absolutely love to achieve this year


I'm not about that 'new year, new me' motto every time January rolls around, nor do I make resolutions. But goals, those I am about.

Typical resolutions such as 'I'm not going to eat chocolate anymore', or 'I'm going to hit the gym five times a week as of January' aren't going to materialise in my world, let's be honest here. The all you can eat buffet at Pizza Hut, and on offer Ben & Jerry's bring too much joy to my life to pack them in. 

So that's where goals come in, because those I know I can do.

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